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The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 12 June 1953 (Australia)
Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

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Alfred E. Green
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Robinson ... Jackie Robinson
Ruby Dee ... Rae Robinson
Minor Watson ... Branch Rickey
Louise Beavers ... Jackie's Mother
Richard Lane ... Hopper
Harry Shannon ... Charlie
Ben Lessy ... Shorty
William 'Bill' Spaulding William 'Bill' Spaulding ... Bill Spaulding (as Bill Spaulding)
Billy Wayne Billy Wayne ... Clyde Sukeforth
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Mack Robinson
Bernie Hamilton ... Ernie
Kenny Washington Kenny Washington ... Tigers Manager
Pat Flaherty ... Karpen
Larry McGrath Larry McGrath ... Umpire
Emmett Smith Emmett Smith ... Catcher
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Storyline

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@umbc.edu>

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Taglines:

You'll HIT With Him! You'll RUN With Him! You'll SLIDE With Him!

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Jackie Robinson See more »

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Production Co:

Jewel Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (black and white version)| Color (color version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Laurence Criner. See more »

Goofs

The Negro League team Jackie Robinson actually played for was the Kansas City Monarchs (who so dominated African-American baseball they were often called the "Black Yankees"),not the fictitious "Black Panthers." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: This is the story of a boy and his dream. But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and dream that is truly an American.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »

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Done on the cheap, but good nonetheless
24 June 2005 | by thepoetbanditSee all my reviews

This has to be one of the most cheaply made movies I have ever seen. But it is a good movie anyway, well worth a few bucks to rent and an hour and fifteen minutes of couch time. Jackie Robinson does a decent job as an actor. Hollywood should remake this film because today it can be told with more truth than back in 1950. A remake would be able to graphically detail just what Robinson had to put up with to break the color barrier in baseball. The only thing that really bothered me about this film is that it made a hero out of Branch Rickey. Maybe Rickey deserves such status for seeing it through with Robinson, but I don't think his motives were as altruistic as portrayed in this movie.


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